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Norway may spot asteroid tomorrow. A large asteroid will pass within 325,000 km of the Earth Tuesday night. At one point, its path will bring it closer to the Earth than the moon but will not be seen without a telescope. The space observatory Hershal will use the opportunity to take infrared measurements of the approximately 400 metre wide asteroid, named “2005 YU55”. This will help figure out the asteroids temperature and composition, which is expected to be travelling at approximately 50,000 km/h. However, due to how low the asteroid will be in the sky when it passes over Norway tonight, it will be nearly impossible to spot. It will be seen more clearly during Wednesday evening.

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Norway may spot asteroid tomorrow

Published on Tuesday, 8th November, 2011 at 20:57 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

A large asteroid will pass within 325,000 km of the Earth Tuesday night. At one point, its path will bring it closer to the Earth than the moon but will not be seen without a telescope.

2005 YU55
2005 YU55
Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Wikimedia Commons


The space observatory Hershal will use the opportunity to take infrared measurements of the approximately 400 metre wide asteroid, named “2005 YU55”. This will help figure out the asteroids temperature and composition, which is expected to be travelling at approximately 50,000 km/h.

However, due to how low the asteroid will be in the sky when it passes over Norway tonight, it will be nearly impossible to spot. It will be seen more clearly during Wednesday evening.

It is believed that the next time such a large asteroid will pass this close to Earth will be in 2028/29, according to astrophysicist Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard in his blog on NRK.

There are known to be 1256 asteroids that will come close to the Earth at some point in the future. The search for these asteroids was made amongst charting the consequences an asteroid would have if it impacted the Earth. “2005 YU55” however poses no danger to Earth.



Published on Tuesday, 8th November, 2011 at 20:57 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: 2005yu55, norwayasteroid.





  
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